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Report: Hillary Clinton Actively Involved in 2020 Dem Primary

She may not be running, but that’s not keeping the party’s 2016 nominee away from the 2020 race.

By NTK Staff | 02.26.2019 @11:30am
Report: Hillary Clinton Actively Involved in 2020 Dem Primary

Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is actively involved in the 2020 Democrat primary, despite not being a candidate herself this time around. That’s according to a new report from the New York Times, which tracked a series of conversations that 2020 candidates and potential candidates have had with the former secretary of state and first lady.

According to the Times, Clinton has met with a wide array of 2020 Democrats with some notable exceptions:

In recent months, a parade of ambitious Democrats has held private sessions with Mrs. Clinton, who has counseled them about the unmatched rigors of the campaign trail and hardships of facing Mr. Trump, according to people familiar with the conversations. Beyond Mr. Biden and Ms. Klobuchar, she has spoken with Senator Kamala Harris of California; Mr. Booker; Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; John Hickenlooper, the former governor of Colorado; and the former housing secretary Julián Castro, among others. She and Mr. McAuliffe speak regularly. Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana is trying to schedule a meeting with her.

But, as the Times points out, not everyone has met with Clinton.

Not everyone has sought Mrs. Clinton’s advice. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, whose 2016 primary challenge ruptured their relationship, has not spoken with Mrs. Clinton, or even reached out, despite the imperative to make inroads into her coalition. Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman considering a run, has not spoken with Mrs. Clinton either.

A notable name not to consult Mrs. Clinton is Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, whose once close relationship with the Clintons deteriorated after she said President Bill Clinton should have resigned over his sexual relationship with a White House intern.

While it’s plain that Sanders and Gillibrand are intentionally snubbing Clinton, it’s less clear where O’Rourke stands on Clinton. Then again, it’s unclear whether O’Rourke is seriously considering a presidential bid, too.

Regardless, it’s clear that Clinton’s involvement in the 2020 presidential campaign will not be one of an observer. It’s safe to say Clinton will be as actively involved in 2020 as the candidates allow.

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